W.Va. Board of Education Receives National Grant

December 15, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to help some of the state’s underperforming high schools improve. The leadership grant is part of NASBE’s High School Redesign Initiative, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This grant will help us open the door to new learning opportunities for children who need our help the most," said state Board President Delores W. Cook. "This grant gives us one more way to increase our children’s chances for academic success in the digital world of the 21st century."  

The competitively awarded grant is for one year and will provide funds for such activities as strategic planning, stakeholder partnerships, policy alignment between preK-12 and higher education, and technical assistance to schools and districts. The work is being done in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine is on the CCSSO Board of Directors. The Illinois and Ohio State boards of education also were awarded grants as part of this initiative.

 “We’re pleased to provide this funding to the West Virginia State Board of Education in support of its high school reform efforts,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. “The state board will provide national leadership in creating the best and most effective programs for turning around low-performing schools, activities which can then be successfully used in other states.”

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